The '''Department of Internal Affairs''' ('''DIA'''; Māori language|Māori
: ''Te Tari Taiwhenua'') is the public service department of New Zealand charged with issuing New Zealand passport|passports
; administering applications for New Zealand nationality law|citizenship
and New Zealand Lottery Grants Board|lottery
grants; enforcing Censorship in New Zealand|censorship
and Gambling in New Zealand|gambling
laws; registering births
and Civil union in New Zealand|civil unions
; supplying support services to Ministers of the Crown
; and advising the Government of New Zealand|government
on a range of relevant policies and issues, part of a number of functions performed by Internal Affairs.
Other services provided by the Department include a translation service, publication of the New Zealand Gazette
(the official newspaper of the New Zealand Government), a flag hire service,...